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Tokyo firm finds use for Chinese biodegradable plastic in clothes

Japanese craftsmanship improves fiber quality, as company plans Europe sales

Yuichi Taka, a director of HighChem, holds a piece of clothing made using the sustainable fiber Highlact.

TOKYO -- HighChem, a Tokyo-based chemical trading company, has applied Japanese traditional craftsmanship to improve a Chinese-made biodegradable plastic fiber so it can be used in fashionable apparel and is marketing the fiber and fabrics to European garment makers.

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